Scout Leaders Address Worries

By: Holly Wagner
By: Holly Wagner

Boy Scout leaders address parents' concerns head on. Friday, they will talk openly in a public meeting. This comes two weeks after a former sponsor, Reverend Doctor Norman Leach, was charged for sexually assaulting a boy in a troop he supervised.

Steven Smith, head of Lincoln's Boy Scout's says, "He flat out lied."

Smith says there's a lot of anger surfacing, and feelings of betrayal. "I know from some of the information it was very calculated."

Since the arrest, Smith says he's gotten calls from parents, some offering support, and others asking questions.

"Most of it is, ‘Is it just Norman Leach, or is there more?’ We don't know, that's with the police department. The investigation is ongoing."

Smith decided to hold the meeting to address parents concerns.

"As we were reviewing some of the things that happened with Reverend Leach, there in direct violation of things we do."

"Parents were definitely misled on things that were happening."

With more than 8,000 kids involved in Lincoln's Boy Scouts, Smith wants parents to be aware of what barriers are in place to protect their kids.

The meeting is at Bryan LGH West, at 7 p.m.


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